VMworld: HP rolls out integrated data protection for VMware

By Kevin Komiega

--Hewlett-Packard used the VMworld conference in Las Vegas today as a launching pad for a new round of data protection products for VMware virtual server environments.

For starters, the company announced the availability of Zero Downtime Backup and Instant Recovery, a pair of software extensions for its HP Data Protector software that bring automated backup and recovery from disk or tape to VMware virtual server infrastructures.

Until now, existing Data Protector customers running VMware have been forced to put software agents designed for physical servers on virtual machines or use VMware's own VMware Consolidated Backup (VCB) centralized backup facility.

Jennifer Tisevich, product marketing manager for the HP Data Protector Software family, says customers have been struggling to protect virtual systems by patching together piecemeal products. She says this practice often results in performance problems.

"Users do not want different tools for managing different parts of their environments. Extending our Zero Downtime Backup and Instant Recovery features of Data Protector from the physical to the virtual world and integrating with VCB allows them to protect their systems all from one place without impacting system performance," says Tisevich.

Tisevich claims the Zero Downtime Backup and Instant Recovery extensions facilitate the recovery of data or entire virtual machines in minutes.

HP Data Protector Zero Downtime Backup and Instant Recovery are available as software extensions for a capacity-based license fee. Pricing starts at $6,500/TB for Windows systems. Customers can also buy licenses in increments of 10TB for a discounted volume price of $4,800/TB.

HP also announced that it has worked with VMware to develop an automated disaster recovery offering for virtual environments. The duo has integrated VMware Site Recovery Manager, HP StorageWorks Enterprise Virtual Arrays (EVA) and HP Continuous Access Replication EVA Software to make it easier for EVA users to use the system to eliminate single points of failure and improve availability.

In addition, HP announced that its StorageWorks 2000 Modular Smart Array (MSA) series products--namely the MSA2000fc and MSA2000i--now support VMware VMotion. When combined with array-based snapshots, VMotion allows smaller businesses to have an entry-level SAS, iSCSI or Fibre Channel storage solution to support virtualization deployments, according to HP.

The MSA2000sa is expected to begin supporting the VMotion in October.

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This article was originally published on September 15, 2008